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Handbook for the Study of Parental Acceptance and Rejection, 4th Edition (2005)
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Contains all versions of measures used in Parental Acceptance-Rejection research and clinical applications, including:
  • Parent, Adult, Child, Infant, Intimate Partner, and Teacher versions of PARQ and PARQ/Control instruments
  • Personality Assessment Questionnaire for Child and Adult
  • All versions of the Physical Punishment Questionnaire and Test Manual
  • Demographic information forms
The Warmth Dimension: Foundations of Parental Acceptance-Rejection Theory 
ISBN 0-8039-2353-8 Soft Cover
This thought-provoking study is about love --- the kind of love that parents can give or withhold from their children. The warmth dimension of parenting is characterized at one end by parental acceptance and at the other by parental rejection. This work examines the antecedents, consequences, and correlates of these phenomena in the United States and across many cultures. A vital question is posed: What gives some children the capacity to cope with perceived parental rejection more effectively than most children? The problematic relationship between perceived parental rejection and child abuse and neglect is also discussed. The author breaks new ground by offering a theoretical foundation posited in his parental acceptance-rejection theory (PARTheory) for the study of these and other issues.
In addition to summarizing national, international, and cross-cultural comparative(holocultural) data collected by researchers over half a century, the book lays out PAR theory's epistemological assumptions and postulates. The Warmth Dimension offers valuable insights for multidisciplinary audiences in academic, research, and practitioner-oriented settings. Raising many important but heretofore unanswered questions, this book contributes substantially toward a common conceptualization and vocabulary for the many disciplines dealing with families and children in jeopardy of child maltreatment.
"At a time when national hysteria over the old and vexing problem of child treatment is at its height, and simple solutions, based on passing fashions and pet theories of the day are being rapidly implemented, Ronald Rohner is to be commended for his cautious and sober examinations of the causes and consequences of parental sentiments---warmth, acceptance, rejection---world-wide."
............................................................................Nancy Scheper-Hughes
"The book is a major contribution because Rohner has come up with a unique and useful solution to the problems of studying child abuse cross-culturally."
......................................................................................Richard J. Gelles
"Rohner is onto something.......He marshals his evidence and makes a strong case."
...........................................................................................Jay Belsky
They Love Me, They Love Me Not: A Worldwide Study of the Effects of Parental Acceptance and Rejection
ISBN 0-87536-332-6 Soft Cover
This volume is regarded by many to be a classic in the field. It's the product of nearly 15 years' research addressing three general classes of questions. Specifically, drawing from a representative sample of 101 of the world's adequately described socio-cultural systems, the work asks:
1. Do children and adults everywhere, regardless of differences in culture, race, language, or gender tend to respond in the same way when they experience themselves to be accepted or rejected by their parents?
2. Do similar psychological, social, and environmental conditions induce parents the world over to behave toward their children in parallel ways?
3. How is it methodologically possible to determine if these things are true?
Women and Children in a Bengali Village
ISBN 0-87451-431-2
Ronald P. Rohner and Manjusri Chaki-Sircar
This ethnographic and psychological community study focuses on parents’ and children’s perceptions of parental (maternal and paternal) acceptance and children’s psychological adjustment in the agricultural village of Palashpur in (West) Bengal, India. The study focuses especially heavily on Palashpur women as wives and mothers, and on their six- through twelve-year-old children at all caste levels. Part one describes the way of life of families within the village. This section emphasizes sex-role relationships and intercaste dependencies, caste differences in life-style, and intercaste tensions. Part two concentrates on perceived maternal acceptance-rejection at different caste levels, and on the effects and determinants of perceived acceptance on children’s psychological adjustment
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